Alindarka’s Children tells the story of Alicia and her brother Avi. The children live in a camp where camp leaders teach them to forget Belarusian and to speak Russian instead. The camp leaders use of drugs as well as surgery on the larynx to make children forget their native language. When Alicia and Avi manage to escape into the forest through a hole cut in the wire, they have to fend for themselves as camp leaders pursue them. As a result, Alindarka’s Children is an adult and literary Hansel and Gretel adventure which works as a manifesto for the Belarusian language. Also, its translation into Scots and English well reflects the use of Russian and Belarusian in the book.
A full page spread in the New York Review of Books is forthcoming, watch this space.
‘Kafkaesque with elements of cyberpunk’ -New Eastern Europe
‘I was always well aware of what I had fled from and what I had come back to.’ These are the words author Alhierd Bacharevič wrote on the day of publication for Alindarka’s Children. Read the whole excerpt here.
About the Author
Alhierd Bacharevič weaves into the Belarusian novel Alindarka’s Children his own personal experience of growing up in the linguistically-torn country of Belarus. As a result of this, people tend to speak Russian more than Belarusian. In the 1990s he founded and was the vocalist for the first Belarusian-language punk band Pravakacyja (‘Provocation’). Now, he is a multi-award-winning author and his works have been translated into English, French, German, Czech, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Russian, Polish, and Lithuanian.